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#IOTW: Idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs (2)

Idioms are important and very useful to give variation in conversation. They help you sound like native speakers and are useful to enrich your vocabulary.

So, what is an idiom? Idiom or idiomatic expression is a group of words in a fixed order that have a particular meaning that is different from their literal meanings. So, it won’t make sense if you change the words because they are fixed expressions. For example if you say ‘the math test was a piece of macaroon’ instead of ‘the math test was a piece of cake,’ you’ll just confuse the hearer.

In this instance, we are going to talk about idioms found in Taylor Swift’s songs. We have previously shared some here: #IOTW: Idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs.

Here are some more idioms from Taylor Swift’s songs:

1. In your wildest dream. If you say something will happen ‘in your wildest dreams’, it means: it isn’t likely to happen or you think it is impossible to happen.

“Staring at the sunset, babe. Red lips and rosy cheeks. Say you’ll see me again. Even if it’s just in your wildest dream.”

– Wildest Dreams

Example:

  • I want Taylor Swift to come to my graduation day and sing for me, but I think it probably won’t happen, even in my wildest dreams.

2. Last straw. Meaning: the final thing; the thing or action that is too much and goes too far

“You don’t have to call anymore, I won’t pick up the phone, This is the last straw, Don’t wanna hurt anymore.”

– You’re Not Sorry

Example:

  • My boyfriend told me he would be late for dinner, but the last straw was seeing with a girl. I told him our relationship was over.

3. Sweep (someone) off (someone’s) feet. This expression describes a feeling when you fall in love instantly with someone.

“I’m not a princess, This ain’t a fairy tale, I’m not the one you’ll sweep off her feet, Lead her up the stairwell”

– White Horse

Example:

  • She hopes a gorgeous man will sweep her off her feet on Valentine’s Day.

4. To know something like the back of your hand. This expression is used when talking about things/places/persons you know really well.

“And we know it’s never simple. Never easy. Never a clean break. No one here to save me. You’re the only thing I know like the back of my hand”

– Breathe

Example:

  • Don knows Sherlock Holmes TV series like the back of his hand. He has watched them many times.

5.Touch and go. It means precarious or uncertain; with a risk of not succeeding.

“I’m walking past through the traffic lights. Busy streets and busy lives. And all we know. Is touch and go.”

– State Of Grace

Example:

  • It’s touch and go if I will ever go out.It’s still raining cats and dogs.

6. To take someone/ something for granted. It means to expect someone or something will be always available to serve you without thanks or recognition.

“You’re the kind of man who makes me sad, While she waits up,You chase down the newest thing, And take for granted what you have”

– Girl At Home

Example:

  • He left you because you took him for granted all this time.

7. To wear your heart on your sleeve. It means that you show your feelings obviously.

“Got the radio on, my old blue jeans. And I’m wearing my heart on my sleeve. Feeling lucky today, got the sunshine. Could you tell me what more do I need.”

– A Place In This World

Example:

  • I wear my heart on my sleeve. I can’t hide my feelings when I’m feeling down.

8. An open book. If someone is an open book, s/he is fairly predictable. You know what s/he is thinking or feeling.

“But here I am an open book. Turn the page it’s all the rage. Get a look on the inside. Oh what you get is what you see.”

– The Diary Of Me

Example:

  • Harry is an open book. You’ll know right away if he’s sad.

9. Safe and sound. If you are safe and sound, it means you are unharmed and healthy.

“You’ll be alright. No one can hurt you now. Come morning light. You and I’ll be safe and sound.”

– Safe And Sound

Example:

  • It was a rough trip, but we arrived safe and sound.

There are more idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs. Leave us a comment below if you find more idioms in her songs.

 

Compiled and written by @kusumawicitraa for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, January 27, 2017

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#IOTW: Idioms in Taylor Swift’s songs

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Did you watch MTV’s 2015 Video Music Awards? If you did, you must have known the singer that won the most awards! Yup, it was Taylor Swift! She won 4 awards: Best Collaboration, Best Pop Video, Best Female Video, and the most prestigious award, Video of The Year!

Taylor Swift used plenty of idioms in her songs. Does anyone know any of them?

1. Bad Blood. Meaning: anger or hostility between persons or groups.

First, taken from her hit, “Bad Blood”.

“Cause, baby, now we got bad blood. You know it used to be mad love.”

Example:

  • There’s been bad blood between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry for years.

2. Call it off. Meaning: to cancel or postpone an event.

The next one is taken from her famous song, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.

“Ooh, we called it off again last night. But ooh, this time I’m telling you, I’m telling you.”

Example:

  • The organizer called the concert off last night because it was raining heavily.

3. Out of style. Meaning: unfashionable.

Taken from her song, “Style”.

“Cause we never go out of style. We never go out of style”.

Example:

  • Why are you still wearing boot-cut jeans? They’re out of style!

4. Go down in flames. Meaning: to fail or end suddenly and completely.

From “Blank Space”.

“So, it’s gonna be forever, or it’s gonna go down in flames.”

Example:

  • Her marriage goes down in flames after the big fight between her and her husband.

5. Run the red. Meaning: to pass through an intersection while the traffic light is red without stopping.

Last one, from “All Too Well”.

“You almost ran the red ‘cause you were looking over me”.

Example:

  • Do you know that it’s wrong and dangerous to run the red? I know, but I’m really late.

Compiled and written by @EnglishTips4U for @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, 2 September, 2015


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